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From sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three sisters in the Carmel - July 11, 1926

From Sr Francoise-Therese (Leonie) to her three Carmelite sisters - July 11th 1926

11th July 1926

Beloved little sisters,

We deeply sympathise with your trials and tribulations. It is as though they were our own, so keenly do we feel them. How ugly the world appears to those of us who desire and look only to heaven, for everything that passes with time is insignificant and barely lasts. We continue to lift up our hearts, which are united and melted into one with the Heart of our Beloved. He knows we desire nothing but His glory, which will unfailingly come despite Satan and his followers, since all things turn out well for those who love God. And suffering in all its forms is the divine seal willed by Him. If Thérèse’s providential mission stirs anger among the demons, it’s a good sign. When they cause such an uproar, it’s no doubt because many souls are escaping them. These poor “Corncockles”find their salvation in her little way of love and trust in our loving and merciful God. And we, through generously accepting suffering, are making a large contribution. What a comfort! Like Jesus, Thérèse can no longer suffer, but we can.

Seeing that Canon Hardy didn’t write about our saint in the Annals, I suspected there was a certain coolness.

Men are more or less all like frail reeds, proving to us that we must rely on no one but God. Only when His Heart lacks power shall we lack help. So what reason do we have to fear?

I love you even more, if that’s possible, because nothing unites souls together quite like the Cross.